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April 1, 2009   •   Ariel and Whitney

Lookie at my Cookies: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Eat your heart out Reese’s, there’s a new peanut butter cup in town. I am convinced peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other, like Charlie and Claire on LOST–I’m only on Season 2 right now but someone please tell me they have gotten together. I find that a lot of my baked creations involve these two perfect ingredients because they are two of my favorite foods…they actually might be my MOST favorite foods. Needless to say, the combination of flavors when peanut butter and chocolate meet is heavenly. Salty meets sweet, mmm delicious. 
My Peanut Butter Cup Brownies were adapted from a recipe found on Bake or Break, I opted to use milk chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter chips for a little different flavor. I loved the sweet smoothness of the milk chocolate in the brownie, it provided a nice contrast to the semi-sweet chips. The generous dollop of melted peanut butter in the middle of the brownie was just enough for me, I think any more would have been a PB overload if that’s possible. No April Fool’s, these were melt in your mouth good. These brownies were super easy to make and didn’t take very long, it’s a good thing too because I was practically hovering over them as soon as they came out of the oven. I will definitely be making these again. All you need is a muffin/cupcake pan and an appetite for PB chocolate deliciousness. Thanks Jennifer!

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
(Adapted from Bake or Break)
Makes 1 dozen brownies
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon water
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
1 large egg*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips, plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter*
*Healthy Swaps: I used egg whites instead of an egg (2 egg whites per egg called for) and reduced fat creamy peanut butter.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease 12 muffin cups.
In a medium sized microwave-safe bowl combine sugar, softened butter, and water. Microwave on high for about 45 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir in 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips until melted. Stir in egg and vanilla extract, mix well. Add flour and baking soda, stir until combined. Allow the batter to cool to room temperature (doesn’t take very long). Then, stir in 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips and remaining 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups.
Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into center comes out slightly wet. After brownies are out of the oven, wait for centers to fall. This will happen upon cooling. If not (they did not for me) then tap the centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole for the peanut butter.
Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds then stir. While brownies are still war spoon about a tablespoon full of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with remaining 1/3 cup of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Cool completely in pan. 
Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator. To reheat the brownies just pop ‘em in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Liz, the official taste tester, and I found that we liked the brownies when they were warm and when they were cooled in the fridge for a little bit. So try both, it’s an excuse to eat two, enjoy!
Bon Eating,
Whitney

37 thoughts on “Lookie at my Cookies: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

  1. ariel Kanter says:

    please bring one to shakespeare.
    THANKS

  2. Tabitha says:

    I’m drooling. I am literally drooling.

    Going to have to make this for my Granny Nite with my gals. Thanks ladies!

  3. Justine says:

    those look amazingly delicious!

  4. Carrie says:

    Those brownies look so good! Those pictures are amazing!

  5. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    {{wiping drool from mouth}} incredible looking – So decedent!!!

  6. Ingrid says:

    Yea, I already printed out the recipe and will be giving these a try ASAP! Thanks for the recipe.

    Great photos….had me hopping over from Tastespotting!
    ~ingrid

  7. Dimah says:

    Wow…they look super awesome!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can you make these WW compatible?? They look fabulously fattening perfect for pmsing!
    Nice photo too,
    Love! DE

  9. Whitney says:

    Thanks for all the comments, and have fun baking these, they’re delicious!

  10. momentumoffailure says:

    These look so good I had to repost them! http://momentumoffailure.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/monday-sweetfix-peanut-butter-cup-brownies/

    I will be making them this week for my Lost party. Whoa.

  11. Jodi says:

    My roomates and I made these delights last night. They are already half gone and there are only 3 of us… I think that speaks for itself. Amazingly I do not feel ill and instead am considering going to eat another one right now.

    You two are doing an amazing job with this blog! I am so so impressed and check it constantly. You should be very proud of yourselves :)

  12. danazia says:

    Geesh, your killing me!!!! These look so good I want one now! Thanks for tempting me to the dark side.

  13. Maria says:

    Looking good! What a yummy treat!

  14. dedwards says:

    Cupcakes do look good enough to eat and definitely Eastery. Hope with all this posting, which by the way is very entertaining, you are finding some time to study! Much love, Mom

  15. Anonymous says:

    WOW!!!!THIS WAS A WONDERFUL RECIPE!!

  16. Ingrid says:

    Good thought I missed this but nope.
    ~ingrid

  17. skycriesx says:

    I just started a new gym diet a few weeks ago and this just totally ruined it! Oh GOD get in muh bellay!

  18. Miss High Heels says:

    These look far too good to pass on. They have gone to the top of my baking to do list.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I made these last week. They were incredibly tasty!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Catherine says:

    4 Seafarer Girls love this!!!!!!!

  21. Socorro Mcie says:

    Nice recipe– Thanks!

  22. Rhondi says:

    Oh my! These just moved to the top of my “have to try” desserts. I searched peanut butter cup brownies on google images and these caught my eye. I can’t wait to make them with my kids. I’m a new follower…love your blog!

  23. Shannon says:

    OMG, holy moly…I found this today on Food Gawker and had to make them immediately. My hubby LOVES peanut butter and brownies so this was a perfect match! My family is eating them right now and loving every bite, thanks for the recipe!!

  24. Priscilla says:

    I made these tonight and I am now a hero in my house! These are amazing and they were gone within a couple hours of me making them. I will have to make another batch tomorrow. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  25. HUGS & COOKIES XOXO says:

    YUMMMMMY!

  26. Tracy says:

    Super Easy!!!

  27. Kes says:

    Holy Mother… ………….

    *rushes to kitchen*

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  29. Jen says:

    I made these yesterday – my centres fell naturally, one or two I had to make fall a bit more to match the others though. Only thing was that the peanut butter probably needed some icing sugar mixed in or something, as the pure peanut butter didn’t work in harmony with the chocolate brownie. Perhaps it was just the type of peanut butter I used (an American living in NZ, and our peanut butter is definitely not the same as what you get in the states). So next time I will mix in some icing sugar with the warm peanut butter, just to make it a bit sweeter/work better with the chocolate.

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  31. tina says:

    Tried these today and O…M…G.

    Took the advice on the peanut butter (I’m in Australia and our peanut butter has salt added and very little sugar)…they are perfect.

    I feel my arteries harden every time I look at them but I DON’T CARE.

    Thanks!

  32. Christine says:

    Haha, sooo i kinda just finished making them, and oh jeez AMAZING!! but I also added a little sprinkle of iceing sugar in top, which may sound odd, but I think it adds to it !!! DELICIOUS

  33. Katie says:

    What do you mean by a cup? Any other form of measurement would be appreciated…x

  34. belle says:

    awesome!!! so delicious looking

  35. Kelsey says:

    These look FABULOUS. I need a recipe for a Christmas party tonight (sigh… being a college student, you don’t have much time to prepare in advance! We just finished classes yesterday so it’s been non-stop until now). I also happen to have loads of Christmas sprinkles – I’m a total sucker for their adorable sprinkle goodness – and need to whittle down my massive supply. So, while I cannot wait to make these with the peanut butter (and just know my boyfriend will ask me to marry him asap after he tries one), I am going to make them tonight with frosting in the center and sprinkles on top! Yum. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  37. Caroline Frei says:

    AMAZING!!! They are so good!!!! Thank you thank you thank you! Found it on pinterest. Thanks again!

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